Amonument to the 1980s country music super group in its hometown of Fort Payne, AL. Three of the members grew up there, and all four have lived in the vicinity.
- No lewd or satanic lyrics
- No unsettling rhythms
- No unnecessary amplification
A credit to their state
The Alabama Band is most successful band in country music history:
They have over 41 number one country records on the Billboard charts and have sold over 75 million records!
They played instruments and sang too:
In contrast to vocal groups such as the Oak Ridge Boys or the Statler Brothers, Alabama was a self-contained unit, playing instruments as well as singing. This was unprecedented for a country music band as successful as they were.
Rock & roll formula:
Professional studio musicians did contribute to Alabama's records, but Jeff Cook (guitar), Teddy Gentry (bass), Randy Owen (guitar) and Mark Herndon (drums) provided their own accompaniment on the road, where legions of fans flocked to their shows.
Adapting the rock & roll formula of the self-contained band to country.
Quit their day jobs:
As teenagers, Cook, Gentry, and Owen all born in Fort Payne, Alabama, formed a band called Wildcountry. The trio quit their day jobs in 1973, concocted their own potent blend of southern rock and country-pop, and began working show dates across the South. They were special favorites at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Wildcountry changed its name to Alabama in 1977 and two years later hired rock & roll drummer Herndon a permanent basis.Alabama BandIn 1998, the band was honored with its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
In 2005 the group was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Best Alabama Songs Ranked:
The Alabama Band amassed an incredible 26 No. 1 hits in the 1980s alone, on their way 33 total number ones on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
So you can understand picking the top 10 Alabama songs isn't easy.
Heck, any time a band has multiple "greatest hits" albums, it never is.
- Song Of The South:
- Dixieland Delight:
- If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band):
- Born Country:
- I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why):
- Mountain Music:
- The Closer You Get:
- Tennessee River:
- Love In The First Degree:
- High Cotton:
Alabama headquarters is located in Fort Payne, AL at 101 Glenn Boulevard SW near the intersection of State Hwy 35 & U.S. Hwy. 11 and less than a mile off I-59, Exit 218